Pakistan May Buy HD-1 China’s Supersonic Missile Better Than BrahMos: Report


The Chinese firm independently invested in and developed the HD-1 missile, a statement said.

Beijing: 

A Chinese mining company has claimed to have successfully test-fired a supersonic missile, touted as a potential competitor to the Indo-Russian joint venture BrahMos missile, according to the Chinese state media.

The test conducted on Monday at a discreet location in North China verified the launch, power and flight control systems, state-run Global Times reported while indicating that Beijing’s all-weather ally, Pakistan could be one of its buyers.

All parameters for the supersonic flight of the HD-1 missile achieved their estimated values, it quoted a statement released by Guangdong Hongda Blasting Company located in southern China.

“The test flight shows that the HD-1’s core components are now mature, with its aerodynamic design, materials and overall structure already proven viable,” Wei Dongxu, a Beijing-based military analyst, told the daily.

Hongda independently invested in and developed the HD-1 missile, the statement said.

Wei said the mining company’s move to build and test a supersonic missile is an excellent example of military-civilian integration.

Established in 1988, Hongda is a mining company based in Guangzhou, capital of South China’s Guangdong Province that also manufactures blasting and military equipment.

The HD-1’s advanced solid fuel ramjet needs less fuel than its competitors, rendering the lighter missile able to fly faster and farther, Wei said.

After governmental approval, Hongda intends to sign deals and mass-produce the HD-1 for export, the report said.

There are not many such supersonic missiles available on the international defence market, Wei said.

Pakistan and Middle Eastern countries are likely to show interest given the weapon’s potential to break anti-missile systems at supersonic speeds, he said, claiming that the new missile could be cheaper than the BrahMos.

“The BrahMos missile is a more expensive, less useful supersonic cruise missile developed by India and Russia,” Wei claimed.

Hongda will participate in Airshow China 2018 in Zhuhai, South China’s Guangdong Province next month, a company spokesperson said.

The HD-1 is a comprehensive weapon system consisting of missile, launch, command and control, target indication and comprehensive support systems, Hongda had said in a separate statement released earlier.

The HD-1 can be adapted to aircraft and ships as well as the basic ground-based vehicle version, the company said.

The total investment in HD-1 is expected to top 1.3 billion yuan (about USD 188 million).





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Champions France Defied Poor Stats At World Cup, Says FIFA Report


“France did not rely on ball possession but rather focused on getting into the opposition’s half as fast as they could. And they had the players to do just that.”

“The successful teams had a distinct way of playing based on their players and coaching philosophy,” Parreira, who led Brazil to victory in the 1994 tournament, said of the four semi-finalists. “They had a game plan and believed in it.”

The report also said that the World Cup was short of classic playmakers, but the two who caught the eye both reached the final.

“We saw less of the so-called playmakers at this World Cup, perhaps as a result of the way teams played,” the report said. “However, there were still some outstanding individuals in this area, Paul Pogba of France excelled, but Luka Modric stole the show.”

“Playmakers can impose themselves on games, speed up or slow down the tempo, switch play, create and make things happen,” Parreira.

For many teams turning possession or passes into victories was a struggle.

“The team with the most average ball possession per match, Spain (69%), failed to progress from the round of 16,” pointed out the report. 

Possession losing importance

Germany, whose title defence ended in the group stage, were second in possession followed by Argentina, eliminated in the last 16, and another team that played only three matches, Saudi Arabia.

Spain also completed the most total passes in the tournament (804) in just four matches, followed by two teams who played only three times: Germany(668) and Saudi Arabia (613). France completed just 460 in their seven games. 

Germany (84%) and Spain (81%) were the only two sides to complete better than four-fifths of their passes. France completed 70 per cent.

“Serbia were the hardest-running team at the tournament, covering an average of 113 km per game,” said the report. “By contrast, France were 28th in this respect, averaging 101 km per match.” 

Russia scored a goal from every 4.5 shots, France were second with a goal from every six attempts followed by Colombia with one from every 6.5. Germany had by far the worst conversion rate, scoring just two goals despite 72 shots.

The report added: “Shooting efficiency from outside the penalty area improved dramatically: the average strike rate was a goal per 29 long-range attempts, compared to one in 42 at Brazil 2014.”

But it also said that the way defences were organised limited long-range shots and the number from outside the area has dropped 32 per cent since the 2010 World Cup. In all, 15 teams did not score from outside the area.

“Teams at this World Cup were more compact in defence,” said the report. “The amount of space available has been dramatically reduced, making it challenging to find openings.”

Yet, Parreira insisted “there was an attacking mentality”.

“The attackers looked very sharp: they created good opportunities and took them! The midfielders got forward in support and chipped in with goals.”



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Facing Heat, Saudis Could Admit Khashoggi Died In Botched Op: Report


Pressure mounts on Saudi Arabia in missing journalist case. (File)

Turkish investigators were permitted to search Saudi Arabia’s Consulate on Monday, 13 days after journalist Jamal Khashoggi vanished while visiting the mission, even as President Donald Trump dispatched Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to discuss the case with King Salman, the Saudi ruler.

As pressure mounted on Saudi Arabia to disclose what it knows about Khashoggi’s fate, U.S. officials began predicting over the weekend that the Saudis would inevitably admit complicity in the death of Khashoggi and claim a “botched operation,” said one person familiar with the discussions.

Over the past few days, Saudi officials have discussed issuing a statement that, in part, would mention a botched operation and call for the punishment of culpable officials, according to another person with knowledge of the discussions. The statement would be issued only after Saudi Arabia reached an agreement with Turkey on how to proceed with the investigation, the person said.

Speaking to reporters, Trump said Monday that he talked for about 20 minutes with the king Monday and that the Saudi leader firmly denied the kingdom’s involvement in Khashoggi’s disappearance.

“I don’t want to get into his mind, but it sounded to me like maybe these could have been rogue killers,” Trump added. “Who knows? We’re going to try getting to the bottom of it very soon, but his was a flat denial.”

It was not clear whether Trump’s mention of “rogue killers” was his own speculation, a theory he had heard from King Salman or intended as confirmation that Khashoggi had been killed in the consulate, as Turkish investigators have concluded.

Saudi Arabia has so far strenuously denied any knowledge of Khashoggi’s whereabouts, saying that he walked out the consulate soon after entering on Oct. 2, without providing any evidence.

Trump said Pompeo has license to travel wherever necessary, including Turkey, to investigate what happened. Trump first announced Pompeo’s trip in a tweet in which he said Saudi Arabia is “working closely with Turkey to find answer.”

Trump said he stressed the importance of the case to Salman. “The world is watching. The world is talking. And this is very important to get to the bottom of it. And I think he understands that very well,” Trump said. “He did say, very strongly, that he’s dealing with Turkey; that they’ve come to an agreement, that they’re investigating it together. And I think that’s a good thing.”

Khashoggi’s family issued a statement Monday urging an “independent, impartial and internationally recognized investigation” into the journalist’s disappearance.

“Following our father’s disappearance two weeks ago and his apparent murder, our family has been absolutely horrified and traumatized. As we await definitive answers and facts from multiple ongoing investigations, we believe it is imperative to launch an independent, impartial and internationally recognized investigation in order to provide us – and the many who loved him – with much needed clarity and resolution,” the statement said. “As we mourn, we are grateful to those who respect our privacy during this difficult time, so that our family’s distress is not overwhelmed by those who seek to politicize our tragedy. Our only hope now is for our family to be reunited safely so that we may find comfort and support in one another and to continue to seek answers.”

Trump’s comments came hours before a team of Turkish investigators arrived at the Istanbul consulate to conduct a search of the premises with Saudi Arabia’s cooperation. Turkish officials had complained publicly in recent days that the Saudis were refusing to allow a search of the property.

An agreement allowing the inspection to proceed came after King Salman called Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday. Salman thanked him for welcoming the kingdom’s proposal to set up a “joint working group” to probe Khashoggi’s disappearance, a Saudi statement said.

But hours before the Turkish forensic team arrived, journalists photographed a cleaning crew entering the consulate, hauling buckets and mops and what appeared to be bottles of cleaning supplies. When the Turkish investigators entered the consulate building, some wearing white protective gear, they “smelled chemicals had been used,” according to two officials in contact with the investigators.

“They are trying to make fun of us and our willingness to cooperate,” one of the officials said.

Khashoggi lived in self-imposed exile in the United States for the past year and wrote columns in The Washington Post criticizing the Saudi leadership. He visited the Saudi consulate on Oct. 2 to obtain documents related to his upcoming wedding, but he was never seen leaving.

The Saudi government has faced intense pressure to reveal his fate. Turkish officials have released details of their investigation, including video that suggests a team of Saudi agents was dispatched to Istanbul to either capture Khashoggi or kill him.

The Turkish government has also told the Trump administration that it possesses audio and video recordings of what occurred inside the consulate that day. U.S. officials have said this material supports the conclusion that Khashoggi was interrogated, tortured and then killed.

U.S. officials have also said that the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, ordered an operation to lure Khashoggi from his home in Virginia back to Saudi Arabia and then detain him, according to U.S. intelligence intercepts of Saudi officials discussing the plot.

Trump has warned that Saudi Arabia would face “severe punishment” if it was found to have killed Khashoggi. And on Sunday, Britain, France and Germany released a joint statement expressing “grave concern” about Khashoggi’s case and calling for a “credible investigation.”

A defiant Saudi statement Sunday said the kingdom rejects any “threats and attempts to undermine it, whether by threatening to impose economic sanctions, using political pressures, or repeating false accusations.”

Democrats in Congress ridiculed the theory, floated by Trump, that “rogue killers” had slain Khashoggi.

“Been hearing the ridiculous ‘rogue killers’ theory was where the Saudis would go with this,” Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said in a tweet. “Absolutely extraordinary they were able to enlist the President of the United States as their PR agent to float it.”

As part of a growing international backlash against the Saudi government, an increasing number of prominent business leaders and companies have said they will no longer attend a major investment conference scheduled to be held in Saudi Arabia this month. Several high-profile finance executives have now withdrawn, including the heads of JPMorgan Chase and the asset management giants BlackRock and Blackstone Group. Their action came after tech and media executives said they would not participate.

On Monday, two more Washington lobbying firms dropped their representation of Saudi Arabia amid the escalating uproar over Khashoggi’s disappearance, according to people familiar with the decisions.

The Glover Park Group notified the Saudi Embassy in Washington that it was canceling its two-year-old contract to represent the kingdom, according to a person with knowledge of the move. The consulting firm, which was established in 2001 by Democratic political veterans, had been receiving a fee of $150,000 a month to help the Saudis with a range of government relations issues, according to disclosure reports filed with the Justice Department.

Separately, the GOP-founded lobbying powerhouse BGR Group, which had an $80,000-a-month contract with the Saudi government, announced that it was also dropping the kingdom as a client.

“BGR is no longer working for Saudi Arabia,” said Jeffrey H. Birnbaum, president of BGR’s public relations division.

In all, three major Washington lobbying firms have severed ties with Saudi Arabia in the wake of the reports that Khashoggi was killed inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul this month. Late last week, the Harbour Group announced that it was terminating its relationship with the kingdom.

The defections underscore the depth of the crisis facing Saudi Arabia, which plowed $27 million into lobbying in Washington last year, making it one of the highest-spending countries seeking to influence U.S. policy, according to public records.

On Monday, the Saudi Embassy canceled a long-planned reception that was to be held Thursday evening honoring the country’s annual National Day, which commemorates the renaming of the kingdom in 1932.

Guests who had been invited to the embassy celebration received a short email Monday morning informing them that the event was off.

“Please be advised that the reception for the National Day of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on Thursday, October 18, from 6:00pm-8:00 pm has been canceled,” said the email, according to a copy obtained by The Washington Post. It did not explain the reason for the change in plans.

The reception, which had been planned for weeks, would have been part of a weeks-long celebration. An embassy spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Saudi Arabia Could Admit Jamal Khashoggi Died During Interrogation: Report


Jamal Khashoggi’s fate has troubled the US and Saudi Arabia’s other traditional Western allies (File)

Washington: 

Saudi Arabia is considering an admission that journalist Jamal Khashoggi died during an interrogation that went wrong, US media reported on Monday.

Khashoggi, a Saudi national and US resident who became increasingly critical of powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, has not been seen since he walked into the kingdom’s Istanbul consulate to sort out marriage paperwork on October 2.

Turkish officials have said they believe he was killed, a claim Saudi Arabia denies.

But CNN cited two sources as saying the Saudis are preparing a report that will acknowledge Khashoggi’s death resulted from an interrogation that went wrong during an intended abduction.

One CNN source cautioned that the report was still being prepared and could change, while another said it will likely conclude the operation took place without clearance, and that those involved will be held responsible.

The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter, said the kingdom is weighing whether to say that rogue operatives killed Khashoggi by mistake during an interrogation.

The Journal, like CNN, said the Saudi statement has not been finalized.

Khashoggi’s fate has troubled Washington and Saudi Arabia’s other traditional Western allies.

US President Donald Trump earlier Monday said he had spoken with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman who strongly denied the kingdom’s involvement in Khashoggi’s disappearance.

“It sounded to me like maybe these could have been rogue killers. Who knows?” the president said, describing the situation as “terrible.”

Trump dispatched his Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to the kingdom on Monday to find out “first-hand what happened, what they know, what’s going on.

“He may go to Turkey. He may not,” Trump said during a visit to Alabama.

“He may meet with all of them together. But we want to find out what happened and he’s got instructions to find out what happened.”

Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency said Pompeo was expected in Turkey on Wednesday to meet Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, after talks in Riyadh.

Prince Mohammed, 33, a son of King Salman, consolidated his control in June 2017 when he was named Crown Prince to replace his cousin, Mohammed bin Nayef, who was fired.

Bin Nayef had extensive counter-terrorism expertise which had made him a favorite of previous American administrations.

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UP Police File Final Report In Case By IPS Officer Against Mulayam Yadav


Mulayam Singh Yadav has denied allegations that he threatened an IPS officer in 2015

Lucknow: 

The Uttar Pradesh police on Monday said action should be taken against an Indian Police Service officer for filing a “false” First Information Report against Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav.

IPS officer Amitabh Thakur had filed an FIR against Mr Yadav in July 2015 for allegedly threatening him on the phone.

The UP police in their final report to the court of chief judicial magistrate Anand Prakash Singh said action should be taken against Mr Thakur.

The judge fixed November 15 for passing an order on the police’s final report.

Earlier, senior police officer Anil Kumar Yadav had said there was no evidence to prove Mr Yadav had threatened the IPS officer and so a previous final report was approved and the probe was closed.

The IPS officer had questioned a previous final report and sought further investigation into the matter.

The court on August 20, 2016 rejected the final report and directed the police to reinvestigate the matter.

The investigating officer, Anil Kumar Yadav, had collected the Samajwadi Party patriarch’s voice samples, though he initially refused to give the samples.

The former chief minister has said he spoke with Mr Thakur to make him understand as an elderly person and did not intend to threaten him. Mr Mulayam alleged that the IPS officer had exaggerated the incident without any reason.





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Apple Buys Music Analytics Company Asaii: Report


Apple has acquired music analytics start-up Asaii, Axios reported on Sunday, citing sources, in a bid to strengthen content recommendations to its music users.

Apple’s deal to buy Asaii was worth less than $100 million, Axios reported, citing a source.

Asaii can help Apple compete with Spotify Technology SA’s efforts to work directly with smaller artists, like a music label, the report added.

Last month, Apple completed the acquisition of music discovery app Shazam, a deal to help it better compete with Spotify, the industry leader in music streaming services.

Apple and Asaii were not immediately available for comment outside regular business hours.

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CBI files closure report in JNU student Najeeb Ahmed missing case


खास बातें

  1. करीब 2 साल से लापता है जेएनयू का छात्र नजीब अहमद
  2. सीबीआई ने पटियाला हाउस कोर्ट में क्लोजर रिपोर्ट दी
  3. बीते साल 16 मई को सीबीआई ने लिया था जांच का जिम्मा

नई दिल्ली: सीबीआई ने जवाहर लाल नेहरू विश्वविद्यालय (JNU) के छात्र नजीब अहमद (Najeeb Ahmed) की तलाश बंद कर दी है. सीबीआई ने दिल्ली के पटियाला हाउस कोर्ट में आज क्लोजर रिपोर्ट दाखिल कर दी. नजीब अहमद करीब 2 साल से रहस्यमय परिस्थितियों में अपने यूनिवर्सिटी कैंपस से लापता है. सीबीआई ने पुलिस की एक साल से अधिक की जांच के बाद पिछले साल 16 मई को जांच का जिम्मा अपने हाथों में लिया था. इससे पहले बीते 8 अक्टूबर को दिल्ली उच्च न्यायालय ने इस मामले में सीबीआई को ‘क्लोजर रिपोर्ट ‘ दाखिल करने की इजाजत दे दी थी.दिल्ली हाईकोर्ट नजीब की मां फातिमा नफीस के इस आरोप से सहमत नहीं हुआ था कि सीबीआई राजनीतिक मजबूरियों के चलते क्लोजर रिपोर्ट रिपोर्ट दाखिल करना चाहती है. न्यायमूर्ति एस मुरलीधर और न्यायमूर्ति विनोद गोयल ने फातिमा के इस आरोप को खारिज कर दिया कि सीबीआई की जांच ‘सुस्त और धीमी’ थी.

 


पीठ ने कहा था कि अदालत इस बात से सहमत नहीं है कि सीबीआई जांच में सुस्त रही और धीमी जांच की अथवा इस मामले में उसने जरूरी कदम नहीं उठाए. अदालत ने कहा था कि मौजूदा मामले में इस अदालत ने जांच की निगरानी की, इसलिए वह याचिकाकर्ता की इस दलील से सहमत नहीं है कि सीबीआई ने निष्पक्षता से काम नहीं किया, या यह क्लोजर रिपोर्ट दाखिल करने के लिए किसी दबाव में है, या इस बारे में इसके इस फैसले की राजनीतिक मजबूरियां हैं.

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सीबीआई ने पुलिस की एक साल से अधिक की जांच के बाद पिछले साल 16 मई को जांच कार्य अपने हाथों में लिया था. सीबीआई ने कहा कि इसने मामले के हर पहलू की जांच की. उसका मानना है कि लापता छात्र के खिलाफ कोई अपराध नहीं किया गया है. नजीब, एबीवीपी से कथित रूप से जुड़े कुछ छात्रों के साथ कहासुनी के बाद अक्टूबर, 2016 को जवाहर लाल नेहरू विश्वविद्यालय (जेएनयू) के माही-मांडवी छात्रावास से लापता हो गया था. नजीब के लापता होने के सात महीने बीतने के बाद भी उसके अता-पता के बारे में दिल्ली पुलिस को कोई सुराग हाथ नहीं लगा, जिसके बाद पिछले साल 16 मई को जांच सीबीआई को सौंप दी गई थी.

यह भी पढ़ें : बेटे को खोजती मां से भला ऐसा बर्ताव, नजीब की मां को पुलिस ने घसीटा

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फातिमा के वकील और वरिष्ठ अधिवक्ता कोलिन गोंजाल्विस ने सुनवाई के दौरान दलील दी थी कि ‘मिनेसोटा प्रोटाकॉल’ के तहत वे इस मामले में सीबीआई द्वारा दाखिल स्थिति रिपोर्ट का अवलोकन करने के हकदार हैं. पीठ ने छात्र की मां द्वारा दायर ‘बंदी प्रत्यक्षीकरण’ याचिका का निपटारा करते हुए कहा कि मौजूदा मामले में सुनवाई के हर स्तर पर फातिमा स्थिति रिपोर्ट दाखिल किए जाने से अवगत थी. शुरू में दिल्ली पुलिस द्वारा और बाद में सीबीआई द्वारा. अदालत ने यह भी कहा था कि ‘केस डायरी’ का अवलोकन सिर्फ अदालत करेगी. इसका ब्योरा शिकायतकर्ता के साथ साझा करने की जरूरत नहीं है.

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पीठ ने कहा था कि सीबीआई के क्लोजर रिपोर्ट दाखिल कर देने के बाद शिकायतकर्ता इसका विरोध करते हुए एक याचिका दायर कर सकती हैं. उन्हें क्लोजर रिपोर्ट का ब्योरा दिया जाएगा. पीठ ने अपने 34 पृष्ठों के फैसले में फातिमा का यह अनुरोध भी खारिज कर दिया कि विशेष जांच टीम (एसआईटी) को जांच की जिम्मेदारी सौंपी जाए, जिसकी निगरानी उच्च न्यायालय करे और इस तरह सीबीआई को पूरे मामले से बाहर कर दिया जाए.





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Kuwait Says It Rejects Campaign Against Saudi Arabia: Report


The campaign against Saudi Arabia is over the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Dubai: 

Kuwait said on Monday it rejected “the campaign against Saudi Arabia” over the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, al-Qabas newspaper reported, quoting the Gulf state’s deputy prime minister.

Anas al-Saleh said Kuwait regretted the “unfair campaign” and supported Saudi Arabia “in facing all those who wish to harm its sovereignty”.

Kuwait’s cabinet urged people to wait for the results of the ongoing investigations by the relevant authorities, al-Saleh said.

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Inquest Into Peter Roebuck Death Set To Be Reopened, Says Report


An inquest into the supposed suicide of renowned cricket writer Peter Roebuck in South Africa in 2011 is set to be reopened, his former employer reported on Monday. English-born Roebuck, 55, was covering the Test series between South Africa and Australia when he plunged to his death from the Southern Sun Hotel in Cape Town. South African police said he leapt out of a sixth floor window after two officers arrived to arrest him over a claim of sexual assault by a Zimbabwean man. But his family have never accepted the account and his employer, Australia’s Fairfax Media, said investigations into the death would begin again.

“There are many questions regarding the circumstances of his death which have to be probed,” the family’s lawyer George van Niekerk told Fairfax.

“The reopened inquest will hopefully allow all the unresolved issues to be fully ventilated.”

David Hood, an English lawyer who previously acted for Roebuck, added in a statement to Britain’s Mail on Sunday that “it is important to all internationally recognised systems of justice that justice is not only done, but is seen to be done”.

“That could never have been with the death of Peter Roebuck, unless and until the circumstances of his death were examined at a legally convened hearing held in public with witnesses called and questioned under oath,” he added.

Roebuck’s family were not invited to a closed hearing in Cape Town in 2013, which upheld the police account of events. They have been seeking to have the ruling quashed ever since.

Fairfax, which had employed Roebuck since 1984, has previously claimed the family had been denied access to any forensic evidence taken from the hotel, along with a police toxicology report and fingerprints from the window.

They believe that fingerprints must be produced to prove he opened the window amid doubts that he would have been able to do so and jump in the officers’ presence.

Roebuck, a former Somerset captain, played 335 first-class matches before making a career writing about the sport.

He was regarded by many as the finest cricket writer of his generation with his forthright, intelligent prose establishing an avid following.

He also regularly commentated for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.



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Air India Air Hostess, 53, Falls Off Plane, Hospitalised: Report


Air India spokesperson was not immediately available for comments.(Representational)

Mumbai: 

A 53-year-old air hostess suffered serious injuries after falling off an Air India aircraft which was getting ready for departure for New Delhi from the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai, a source said on Monday.

The incident happened on Air India flight AI 864 operating on Mumbai-Delhi route, according to the airline source.

“The woman crew member was closing the door for the push back when she fell from the aircraft, ” the source said. She has been admitted to Nanavati Hospital.

Air India spokesperson was not immediately available for comments. 





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